James “Jim” Gilbert Keys, age 81, of Bristol, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in the Johnson City Medical Center.  He was born September 14, 1937 in Bristol, VA, and was a son of the late William Haynes and Naomi Ruth Lowe Key.  He was a retired salesman for Terry’s and a member of Faith Lutheran. 

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Noah Key.  Surviving include his loving wife Carolyn Shipley Key; son, Scott William Key and wife Crystal; grandsons, Jeremiah and Isaiah Key; sister, Esther Maxwell.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, May 10, 2019 in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rusty Verran and Pastor Jamie Ferguson officiating.  The burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Jeremiah and Isaiah Key, Tim Key, Kim Key, Allen Phillips, Charlie Lambert, and Kenny Lambert.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the East Volunteer Fire Dept. and/or the Bluff City Rescue Squad.

Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.